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School Board Hires Brad Callender To Lead Mansfield Senior

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 7/23/2013A veteran educator who spent a year at Simpson Middle School is the new principal of Mansfield Senior High School. Brad Callender, 47, of Wooster, most recently the career technical education supervisor at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, was hired by the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education Monday night on the recommendation of Supt. Brian Garverick. The vote was unanimous. "Mr. Callender has the professional skills and personal characteristics to be successful with students, parents and staff," Garverick said. "His experience in academic settings and his extensive background in career tech programs fit the needs of Senior High," Garverick said. "I love Mansfield. I always have. I was really disappointed when Simpson closed, and when I saw the posting online about the high school principal position, I was really excited about the opportunity. This is a great district and a great building. I'm looking forward to working with everyone here," Callender said. Callender, received a three-year contract at a starting salary of $86,264. He will begin work Aug. 1. Garverick said Callender had been seeking to return to work in Mansfield after serving as assistant principal of Simpson Middle School for a year before that building was closed in 2007.Callender said he looks forward to being a part of the community. "I've always had a special place in my heart for urban kids. My goal is to help teachers and students achieve their goals, "Callender said. Callender is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, he received a master of education degree from  Ashland University. Callender and his wife Joy have five sons,  Ben, 23, an executive chef in Salt Lake City, Utah; William, 18, who is heading to college this fall; Isaac, 18, a senior at Smithville High School; John, 16, a junior, and Josh, 15, a freshman. Garverick said a six-member panel followed the same process during interviews of the four candidates for Senior High School principal. Joining Garverick on the panel were: Crystal Weese, cosmetology instructor, representing career technical education Winston Greene, district test coordinator Doug DeVito, special education director Jason Goings, principal of Malabar Middle School Christine Jones, Senior High English teacher, representing the core curriculum "As a result of the interview process I am confident Brad Callender is the best candidate for the high school principal," Garverick said.  
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